RB Rankings, Projections and Analysis for the Fantasy Playoffs
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Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the top 25 RBs for the fantasy playoffs. We take a comprehensive look at the match-ups each week of the post-season and the RBs past performance. The rankings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 rushing or receiving yards equal 1 point, rushing and receiving TDs equal 6 pts. and fumbles deduct 2 points.



Running Back Rankings
  1. DeMarco Murray
  2. Matt Forte
  3. Le'Veon Bell
  4. Jamaal Charles
  5. C.J. Anderson
  6. LeSean McCoy
  7. Mark Ingram
  8. Arian Foster
  9. Eddie Lacy
  10. * Marshawn Lynch
  11. * Andre Ellington
  12. * Rashad Jennings
  13. Tre Mason
  14. Justin Forsett
  15. Joique Bell
  16. Lamar Miller
  17. Isaiah Crowell
  18. Alfred Morris
  19. Shane Vereen
  20. Denard Robinson
  21. Gio Bernard
  22. Chris Ivory
  23. Dan Herron
  24. Ryan Mathews
  25. Jeremy Hill
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!
Packers RB Eddie Lacy
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud RBs who may fail to deliver during the fantasy post-season:



Start
Eddie Lacy
Packers RB Eddie Lacy
Fantasy owners were worried when he failed to score more than 6.1 fantasy points in any of his first three outings. However, the bruising running back has ramped up production and is now the 8th-best running back in fantasy football. Since Week 4, Lacy has scored nine touchdowns and hasn’t lost a fumble. He is currently on a six-game double-digit scoring streak. Heading into the fantasy playoffs, Lacy must be licking his chops, as he gets ready to run all over an Atlanta defense that is allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points to running backs. Week 15 will be much tougher as the Packers must travel to Buffalo to face their strong defense. However, if your team reaches the championship, Lacy will surely blow up on a Tampa Bay front seven that is allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs. Lacy will be a great option come playoff time. ATL #3, BUF #30, TB #11

C.J. Anderson
Broncos RB C.J. Anderson
Despite two difficult matchups over the next couple of weeks, fantasy owners should really think hard about sitting C.J. Anderson. Denver’s new running back has been beastly since taking over for Ronnie Hillman, as he has averaged 25 fantasy points over his last two games. As long as Peyton Manning remains the signal caller, there is no reason not to trust Anderson as an RB1/RB2. Anderson is matchup proof. Start him with confidence. BUF #30, SD #20, CIN #5

Mark Ingram
Saints RB Mark Ingram
The former Heisman winner out of Alabama has made enormous strides since last year. Despite missing three games to injury, Ingram is still ranked 13th at his position on the year. Last week against the Steelers, Ingram rushed for 122 yards, his fourth 100-yard game in his last six contests. Next week, the Saints face a Panther defense that is nowhere near what it was last season. The Panthers allow the 10th-most fantasy points to running backs. The following week, Ingram will matchup with a struggling Bears defense and Week 16 will be the cream of the crop as Atlanta is allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points to running backs. Ingram is in for a nice run down the stretch. CAR #10, CHI #21, ATL #3


Sit
Jerick McKinnon
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon
Adrian Peterson’s replacement has been dealing with a lower back injury and has failed to score a touchdown all year. Whenever the Vikings get the ball close to the goal line, Matt Asiata seems to vulture the score. McKinnon has also failed to score 10 points in over a month. With matchups against the Jets, Lions, and Dolphins- all teams that are very strong against the run, there is little reason to believe that the young back will get things going any time soon. Keep him on the bench in the post-season. NYJ #24, DET #26, MIA #18

Ryan Mathews
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews
Despite the fact that Mathews has ran the ball well while healthy this season, he could be in for a difficult fantasy post-season. The Chargers face the Patriots, Broncos, and Niners in their next three contests. I don’t expect San Diego to keep up with these tough opponents forcing Rivers to throw the ball while Mathews remains on the sidelines. Mathews is a talented back but the schedule simply does not fare well for him. The Broncos and Niners each rank within the top five in preventing running backs from compiling fantasy points. Keep him on the bench unless you are all out of other options. NE #13, DEN #28, SF #27

Jeremy Hill/ Gio Bernard
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill
Since returning from injury, Bernard has had to split carries with impressive rookie Jeremy Hill. Between the running back by committee approach and some strong run defenses on the horizon, this Cincinnati duo likely won’t do much in the fantasy playoffs. Stay away from starting either but if you have to go with one, I’d favor Bernard. He’s clearly the more versatile back. PIT #19, CLE #16, DEN #28


Isaiah Crowell/ Terrance West
Browns RB Terrance West
Crowell won the starting job a few weeks ago after Ben Tate was released from the team. Then last week, fellow rookie Terrance West lost a crucial fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Coach Pettine seems to be looking at Crowell as a workhorse back heading forward, which could mean fantasy payday with matchups looming against the Colts, Bengals, and Panthers- all teams that are in the top ten in fantasy points allowed to running backs. However, Crowell is dealing with a minor hip injury. Be sure to monitor his status. If he is unable to go, West is probably your best bet. IND #8, CIN #5, CAR #10

Joique Bell
Lions RB Joique Bell
Bell had his best outing of the season on Thanksgiving when he gained 107 total yards and scored two touchdowns against the Chicago Bears. He gets another showdown with Chicago in Week 16 but before that, he faces a Tampa Bay defense that has allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs and then a Vikings defense that has been even worse. Look for "The Joiquer" to put up solid numbers in the fantasy post-season. TB #11, MIN #9, CHI #21

Dan Herron
Colts RB Dan Herron
"Boom" is clearly more dynamic in the backfield than teammate Trent Richardson. He has outperformed his counterpart in each of the past two games and is averaging over 10 fantasy points during that span. The Colts face the Browns and the Texans over the next two weeks, teams that they should easily be able to beat. Look for Chuck Pagano to test his young running back by giving him the ball to run out the clock. I like these matchups, especially the Colts game, since you have an extra week to let him prove himself before starting him. Keep him in your thoughts when putting together your lineup.


Broncos RB C.J. Anderson
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Depending on the league you play in, the playoffs either begin this week or in Week 15. We've got a few hot tips on some running backs who can get you over the hump en route to that coveted fantasy championship. And the best news is most of them are still sitting on your waiver wire!

Running Backs to Add

C.J. Anderson
How C.J. Anderson is not owned in all fantasy football leagues is something that bewilders me. The guy is on an absolute tare lately since filling in for Ronnie Hillman. If I believed in reincarnation, I would want to come back as a running back in a Peyton Manning led offense. Since becoming the starter in Week 10, Anderson has gained at least 100 yards in each game and has scored over 20 points in three out of four of those outings. The man is simply unstoppable right now. Last week against the Chiefs, Anderson gained 168 yards on 32 carries and added two receptions for 17 yards and a touchdown. In his last two games, he is averaging a ridiculous 25 fantasy points per contest! Even with a difficult schedule coming up, Anderson should be owned in all leagues.

Dan Herron
Herron showed his scorching speed when he blazed down the sideline for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins last week. Despite losing his second fumble in as many games, Herron has proved himself capable of filling in for Ahmad Bradshaw. Against a strong Washington run defense, the rookie carried the ball eight times for 88 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for an additional 8 yards. While Herron didn’t get the start this week, he outperformed Trent Richardson who only managed 12 yards on eight carries. Herron will face three beatable rushing defenses throughout the fantasy post-season. If you need a running back, he could be your guy.

Doug Martin
The former fantasy stud had his most productive outing of the season last week when he carried the ball 18 times for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. While those are not eye-popping numbers, the usage is the most important number to look at. The 18 carries were a season-high and if he can continue to see as many touches, Martin has the talent to turn that into solid fantasy production. Martin is no sure thing as Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey are still in the picture and a Week 14 matchup against the Detroit Lions will not help anybody’s cause. However, if he can claim the starting role by Week 15, he could drop a bomb on the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers in Week 16. Martin is definitely someone who you should consider adding if you need depth at the running back position. You won’t find anyone as talented as him left.

Running Backs to Drop

Jonas Gray
Jonas Gray went from breakout star to non-roster worthy in just two weeks. After rushing for over 200 yards and four touchdowns against the Colts, Gray had seen just one carry over the last two weeks. With Legarette Blount, Shane Vereen, and Brandon Bolden all ahead of him on the depth chart, there is little reason to keep Gray on your roster. Drop him for someone who actually has a chance at seeing the field.

Branden Oliver
Oliver did a solid job filling in for Ryan Mathews while he was recovering from injury but now that the starter is back, there is little reason to keep Oliver around. Last week against Baltimore, the rookie received just one carry and failed to catch a single pass. Part of the reason that he saw limited action was due to the game flow as the Chargers were forced to throw the ball all day long after falling behind early. However, even if the Chargers have the lead, coach McCoy will likely stick with Mathews who has proven to be very strong in the run game. With three very difficult matchups on the horizon against the Patriots, Broncos, and 49’ers, the Chargers probably wont have the lead very often anyway. Drop Oliver with confidence.

Terrance West
The rookie out of Towson has had an up and down season under first-year coach, Mike Pettine. After losing a key fumble that was returned for a touchdown in a loss to the Bills last week, it appears that West’s carries will be limited going forward. Isaiah Crowell has been far more productive and West has failed to score 2 fantasy points in two of his last three outings. Although the Browns have gone back and forth all season at the running back position, there seems to finally be some stability forming. Crowell is the guy to own in the Browns backfield. Coach Pettine even added that he might look to get third string running back Glenn Winston involved. If you were banking on West, you need to find another option immediately.